Domainz chief executive Derek Locke has confirmed ING (Internet Name Group) is behind a snail mail marketing drive to register New Zealand organisations' domain names, despite it being suspended from doing so following a similar campaign last year.
"We're appalled by it. We've suspended it as a provider and we're intrigued to know how it'll register names," says Locke.
"It'll have to do it through a third party; another provider account."
Domainz is "pursuing every legal avenue open to us and we have received 300 phone calls about the letters".
Locke recommends anyone wanting to register their domain name do it "through a current provider, of which there are more than 400".
The letter sent to prospective clients requests $125 for registration services and states the provider's name is Internet Name Protection.
It points to a website, but when pages from that site are printed, the name Internet Name Group appears at the top of the page.
An 0800 number and several email addresses are listed in the "contact us" page of the site.
Computerworld called the 0800 number and asked to speak to management and was told the managers were in a meeting.
ING was suspended from providing .nz domain names in September last year. The suspension followed a "spam" attack on thousands of local domain name holders. On that occasion, letters and emails headed "Protect Your Domain Name" gave recipients the impression they were in danger of losing their registered domain names unless they paid ING a $250 "pre-registration fee."